NODPAM: effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of needs-oriented discharge planning and monitoring for high utilisers of psychiatric services
January 16, 2009
German researchers based at Ulm University are conducting a multi-site randomized trial testing a brief intervention intended to ehance continuity of care for high utilizers of psychiatric services following discharge from inpatient treatment. Although the research team notes that the study was partially inspired by CTI, the model they are employing differs from CTI in its emphasis on discharge planning and follow-up monitoring rather than provision of direct staff support during the post-discharge period. The researchers hope that the intervention will lead to a reduction in future inpatient stays and better quality of life and clinical outcome. Details on the study design were reported recently in BMC Health Services Research.